At the start, men joined the british army willingly! But then the government soon figured out that the army neede more men and forced other men to join up by law (conscription)
I don't want anyone to feel left out!
The British Prime minister, Llyod George, realised that both the home front and war front were very important to each other and he worked hard to involve all of society in helping with the war effort. It was a great success!
That's very kind, good sir!
I'm sorry about this mama...
Women weren't allowed to join the army, their roles at home became very important. They already carried the burden of caring for families and the home and were now asked to do 'their bit'!
We wear trousers now!
Women were employed in weapon factories, offices, shops and transport, carrying out workmen normally did. they even shocked the men by wearing trousers.
Children also played a vital role on the home front. Boy scouts and Girl scouts delivered milk, made bandages and grew vegetables!
Other tasks include knitting socks and scarves for soldiers and collecting conkers which could be turned into exlosives!
In November 1918 the war was finally over, but millions had lost their lives. The First World War had meant to be the 'War to end all Wars'. But that couldn't have been further from the truth......
Animals helped in the war! Pigeons carried messages, horses pulled guns and ambulances and dogs for catching rats.